BEACH ECOLOGY

Mayflies, killdeer, ring-billed gulls, piping plovers, wormwood, sea rocket, and marram grass share Wasaga's beach area with millions of visitors each summer. The 14-km beachfront not only provides recreation space for sunbathers and swimmers; it is also a diverse and active ecosystem.

The sand itself is constantly moving due to the effects of wind, waves, and currents from the Bay. These movements change the shape of the landscape, meeting habitat requirements of the wildlife living within. As the sand moves, native beach plants such as Marram Grass and Wormwood help establish freshwater dunes, an ecosystem so rare, that it is considered globally imperilled.

Dunes, beach and shoreline all offer unique components to the wildlife that make the beach their home. Threatened species, like the piping plover need the beach ecosystem for breeding. Although we can protect the species, it takes a community effort to protect the ecosystem they rely on for their survival. Respecting the boundaries of closed beach areas, taking time to walk around beach vegetation, and helping keep the beach clean are all ways in which you can be a part of the community effort.

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